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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey CaskInnis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask

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BA SCORE
86
very good

482 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 32
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-20-2012)
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Photo of ElGordo
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cola brown with some garnet highlights and a bit of creamy tan head. Aroma of sweet dark malt and a sweet, slightly oaky tinge of Irish whisky. Palate is huge on malt, a blend of biscuit and sweet bread. There's no real hop character to speak of, but the oak and whisky from the barrel shine through pretty well. The alcohol is well-integrated, I'd never guess that this is 7.4% ABV. I suppose there could be a little more whisky here, but it's a solid beer, for sure.

ElGordo, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of closisinthehouse
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

closisinthehouse, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of WorldOfBeerCraft
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

WorldOfBeerCraft, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of RWNewhouse
3/5  rDev -21.1%

RWNewhouse, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of traumaqueen
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

traumaqueen, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown colour, one finger of tan head with a good amount of lace. Smell is of roasted malt, both dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, whiskey notes though I wouldn't say specifically Irish whiskey, oak barrel scents, light coffee followed by more milk chocolate. Taste is quite roasted up front, bittersweet notes of chocolate and coffee, oak is subtle at first and eventually becomes more pronounced towards the finish, some whisky flavours but not as overpowering as some other offers from this brewer, vanilla and chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is quite thin and a touch watery, light-med carb, light feel. This was fairly nice and would have been far better if it had a little more body, one of the few I&G beers I haven't found to be over oaked.

peensteen, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a creamy beige two finger head upon a near black body, patchy lacing and decent retention - nearly impenetrable

S - sweet molasses and vanilla and peaty whiskey - a little smokey

T - follows the nose with sweet burnt malt and a beautiful whiskey note that really comes through as it warms - toffee and licorice also comes through with a herbal hops in the background

M - medium bodied with little carbonation (which I like given the whiskey feel), this brew only has a little bitterness in the aftertaste. It is somewhat sweet and is not dry.

O - Another interesting brew from Innis and Gunn which was a pleasant surprise as I was not expecting a stout (did not read the bottle).

Stocean1, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of WeissBoy
4/5  rDev +5.3%

WeissBoy, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle dated MAR 2013 poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Medium to dark brown with a slight ruby glow around some of the edges. One finger of bubbly light brown head formed from the pour and very quickly receded to a few bubbles.

S - Toffee, whiskey, roasted malts and brown sugar. The barrel aromas are very subdued and the base beer does not have typical stout aromas either. Not nearly as robust as I expected overall.

T - Whiskey notes up front that are much stronger than the nose indicated but still weaker than expected. Roasted malts, molasses and toffee from the base beer compliment the whiskey. The overall palate is decent but disappointing for the style (especially considering the ABV).

M - Light body with light carbonation. Very thin and watery.

T - While this was decent enough, considering the style and the price point ($5 for 12 oz.) it was extremely disappointing. This might be my last purchase of an Innis & Gunn beer.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of C63AMG
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

C63AMG, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml clear as ever was bottle. Scottish stout, finished in Irish Whiskey casks - a potential Gaelic love-in, to be sure.

This beer pours a very dark brown colour, with cola highlights, and one finger of silky, bubbly, foamy tan head, which settles slowly, leaving a nice drooping ring of webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy wood, more fibrous than strictly vanilla and caramel, some thin nutty toffee malt, and musty earthy, leafy hops. The taste is caramel malt, woody vanilla, brown sugar, some generic barrel booziness, and more of the aforementioned earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is pretty morose, and not up for anything lively, the body a fairly steady medium weight, a little cloying in its otherwise pedestrian smoothness. It finishes quite sweet, from malt, barrel, and alcohol alike.

I do quite like this, even though my prized Irish whiskey guest star gets lost in the mire - or does it? The subtly of this particular spirit may just help round out an already decent, unassuming stout. Reduction is not your friend with this one, I'm sad to say - just maybe rein in the sweetness a wee bit, and we're good to go.

biboergosum, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by March 2013

A - Pours dark brown with a reddish tone and three fingers of tan head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - Smell of vanilla, caramel malt, a bit of whiskey and oak, with faint dark dried fruits. Wouldn't have pegged this as a stout, but smells pretty good.

T - Rather sharp initial whiskey taste, with vanilla, caramel, some roasted malt and raisin.

M - Medium/light mouthfeel that is a bit watery.

O - Good beer, but the whiskey and other elements don't really seem to come together very well.

warnerry, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Naugros
2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This looks like cola while being poured, but it comes together to make a nearly black glass of beer. The head is about half of an inch with some decent retention...enough to get some foam on my nose while grabbing my first whiff. That first whiff was pretty vinous with some roast and a load of caramel. The vanillins did their job in the cask.

I'm not fond of how the whiskey flavors and the stout married. The stout comes off as buttery and I don't believe it's from diacetyl. The whiskey is very evident but at odds with the beer. The fizziness of this thin stout leaves behind an okay mess on the tongue which is the remnants of the whiskey.

If you were hoping for an Irish Car Bomb, forget it. And although this sounds like a marriage made in heaven, it's not. In fact, there should be a divorce.

Naugros, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/4/12

A dark brown with a large loose mocha head that retains quite well slowly falling to a thick film leaving just a little random lace

S dark nutty toffee with a little plum and raisin, there's some coco and earthy wood smells great

T a little licorice I didn't smell and other then that its just a little toned down compared to the nose, there's more evidence of the barrel on the finish

M light bodied for the color and just a little foamy, flavors linger long and strong

O pretty nice stuff and perhaps a new favorite from these guys, great nose and pretty well rounded in other areas

worth a try for sure at less then 5$, I like that they use a darker beer for this barrel I think that was a wise move

wordemupg, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of LiquidDegenerate
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

LiquidDegenerate, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of rarbring
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer that is rather dark brown, a tan high head that settles rather quickly leaving much lacing, good curtains.

Smelling of brown sugar eggnog, including an alcohol presence.

Starting with, wood - saw dust, brown sugar, dates some bitter seed notes.

Little carbonation, small bubbles, slightly sticky and oily, a watery rather thin body, a dry short finish.

One of the better I&G, was not ruined by the oak.

rarbring, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of brownbear_19
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

brownbear_19, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of raythealeman
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

raythealeman, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of ten1965
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ten1965, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Citadel82
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was a bit intimidated by the clear glass bottles. Though the four pack carton was full height and presumably protected the beer from much direct light. so at the suggestion of the salesman at Whole Foods I gave it a whirl...

Not too shabby this one. Not great, but not half bad.

Pours an inky black with a decent, tightly knit tan head. left plenty of lace as it withdrew.

Smell was a tad on the light side there was a wee bit of the venerable Jameson in there but not overpowering.Some sweet malt and a faint grassy whiff of hops.

Taste was nicely dry, not cloyingly sweet as many barrel aged beers seem to be for me these days. Some hints of the turf in the front, some black coffee and a strong whisky finish when you swirl it around the mouth.

Mouthfeel was light and when swirled or swished it became quite frothy/foamy in the mouth. Abundant carbonation in this one.

Overall and interesting brew. Not good for every day but a nice change of pace.

Citadel82, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of jisak74
3/5  rDev -21.1%

jisak74, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

ThinkAgain, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of JLapadura
1/5  rDev -73.7%

JLapadura, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +5.3%

bluntedboywonder, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of flyingpig
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black, off-white to light brown headthat turns to a soapy lacing after roughly a minute.

Vanilla & butterscotch aroma followed by a strong alcohol and grain laced stout aroma of roasted malts and barely along with some coffee. It is quite sweet smelling with some oak and burnt wood.

Roasted malts and barely taste to begin with and touches of coffee. Sweet in the taste department with touches of vanilla and butterscotch.

Medium, smooth with a mildly bitter finish and a dry finish.

This one was a nice, warming beer with a good alcohol kick to it and a very sweet, smooth feel. It was a good beer and perhaps one that I would go back to again as I particularly enjoyed the smell of this one, very sweet and complex yet well balanced.

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flyingpig, Mar 26, 2012
Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask from Innis & Gunn
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